Domestic abuse attacks down in Doncaster

Doncaster Chris McGuiness
Doncaster Chris McGuiness

The number of reported domestic violence incidents in Doncaster has fallen, new figures have revealed.

Figures released by Doncaster Council show that in 2014/2015 there were 8,738 incidents reported to the police – compared to more than 9,000 in 2013/2014.

It is the first time there has been a decrease in the number of incidents.

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones welcomed the figures and said: “The reduction in numbers positively shows interventions we are doing to ensure we work with vulnerable families and children from the very start – but there is still work to be done.”

The statistics were revealed at a meeting of the council’s cabinet yesterday, as part of the borough’s community safety strategy 2014-2017 refresh.

Protecting vulnerable people and tackling domestic abuse was highlighted as one of the stronger Doncaster partnership priorities for 2015-2016 in the report, which was presented by Coun Chris McGuiness.

“We have invested significant resources in addressing this important issue, providing additional support to victims and an integrated response to the whole family,” he said.

The council has hired more case workers to support victims and their families and introduced a new perpetrator programme for those who want to change their offending.

So far, 150 perpetrators have been referred to the programme and many of them have achieved ‘successful outcomes’, according to Coun McGuiness.

Access to services has also been improved through the 24-hour Doncaster Domestic Abuse helpline.

The figures come just three weeks after the council announced plans for a £3 million project aimed at reducing the number of cases of domestic abuse in the borough.

The Growing Futures initiative is the largest innovative project being led by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.

As part of the project, domestic abuse navigators will be hired to work closely with affected families.

The council’s community safety strategy also reveals in the last year overall crime has reduced by seven per cent in the borough, which means there has been 2,000 fewer victims of crime.

Rates of anti-social behaviour also continue to fall, with a four per cent reduction in the last quarter.

Contact Doncaster Domestic Abuse helpline on 0800 4701 505.